San Jose, CA – Saldy Suriben, Silicon Valley Pride’s Chief Marketing Officer, and a Filpino, queer man has been named an honoree by the prestigious Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards for the year 2022 for his impactful work in local Silicon Valley LGBTQ Community. He is responsible for planning events, sponsorship, media content, and marketing campaigns for the non-profit volunteer-run organization.
“Saldy is an invaluable member of the Silicon Valley PRIDE Board of Directors,” said Nicole Altamirano, Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley PRIDE. “His dedication to supporting the LGBTQ+ community is apparent in everything he does. I am personally proud to call him a friend”. Suriben’s service to Silicon Valley Pride started as a committee member in 2014 and was promoted to a board position in 2016. He was recruited by former Silicon Valley Pride Board President, Thaddeus Campbell to help with the annual LGBTQ Parade and Festival. In the 2020 pandemic, Suriben created a virtual Pride celebration in lieu of an in-person event. If you hear Silicon Valley Pride on the radio, see an advertisement on public transportation, or see street lamp banners throughout San Jose, you are witnessing his outreach and messaging. He’s usually behind the scenes planning events like Pride Drag Brunches, SoFa Drag Race, The Big LGBTQ Holiday Party, Pride Block Party, San Jose Sharks Pride Night, and panelled speaking events for Bisexual Awareness Day and Coming Out Day. His volunteer contributions and planning efforts contribute significantly to the success of the annual Silicon Valley Pride Parade and Festival. His work makes a difference in the LGBTQ+ community: helping inform, providing support resources, and celebrating diversity, inclusion, and equity.
The primary purpose of the Silicon Valley Pride organization is formed is to promote public education and awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion as well as the personal rights and civil liberties of the LGBTQ+ community, to charitably meet the needs of the community, and to engage in activities that promote celebrating authenticity. Silicon Valley PRIDE is part of the global PRIDE movement and is essential in raising the awareness of social justice and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community in San Jose, Silicon Valley, and worldwide. The volunteer-run non-profit organization is founded in 1975. The annual Silicon Valley Pride Parade and Festival is on August 27th and 28th at Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown San Jose. For event and sponsorship information, please visit svpride.com.
About Silicon Valley PRIDE
For over 45 years, Silicon Valley PRIDE, formerly San Jose PRIDE, has honored the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community and its allies with a PRIDE parade and festival. The annual parade and festival are produced by the Gay PRIDE Celebration Committee of San Jose (GPCCSJ, Inc.) an incorporated non-profit organization wholly organized and staffed by volunteers. We are the largest PRIDE organization in Northern California, outside of San Francisco. Attendees come from all over the Bay Area to participate in the festival and related events. The festival attracts thousands of guests each year and is the largest LGBTQ+ event held in the South Bay.